In The Marketplace: Why ‘American Made’ Matters (part 4 of 5)

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Colin Balfe, director of The Marketplace by TheBlaze, and is part of a series of stories highlighting businesses in TheBlaze’s eCommerce channel. In this five-part series on “American Made” small businesses, we learn about the people behind the shops in The Marketplace by TheBlaze. Read Part 1 of the series HERE, Part 2 HERE, and Part 3 HERE.


The Marketplace by TheBlaze is assembling the world’s finest collection of unique small businesses. We don’t just look for quality products; we look for quality people—entrepreneurs who are living their own version of the American Dream. It is their work ethic, integrity and passion driving them to create exceptional products while tirelessly working to earn your trust. In this five-part series, we’re featuring the amazing people behind some of these small businesses, while providing products that are made 100 percent in the USA.


Amid the wide-open, grassy plains of America’s heartland is a place where the ongoing balance between man and nature continues. It’s in this vast expanse of lush prairie fields that the cattle of Nebraska Star Beef wander and graze. This is where the company’s lifelong quality begins—quality that continues all the way from the fields to your dinner plate.

As a family-owned and operated business, Nebraska Star Beef has been dedicated to producing the best quality beef since its beginnings. In the beef industry, cattle are the literal lifeblood of the business.

Dan Klute, the owner of Nebraska Star Beef, realizes his isn’t the only beef company and certainly not the largest. But that doesn’t change his positive outlook.

“Really, it’s very hard to compare what we do to anyone else.” Dan says. “We’re not doing something that others in the beef industry couldn’t do … I just believe that we do it better.”

Living up to that standard of quality, Nebraska Star Beef cattle are fed 30 to 45 days longer than other producers, resulting in bigger cows and producing meat that is extra tender with superior marbling. Plus, they age all of their cuts for 35 days, which creates more tender, juicier steak.

Instead of using hormones, steroids and antibiotics, Nebraska Star Beef takes good care of its cattle while living by the mantra, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” No shortcuts are taken in breeding, raising, feeding or shipping. Nebraska Star Beef employees strive to create products to feed their own families so their customers can rest assured while serving theirs.


The year was 1964 in Gettysburg, South Dakota, when Mrs. Marie Cavanaugh used a recipe handed down from her aunt to make chocolates to sell for a church fundraiser. As word of her delicious cream centers and chocolate-dipped caramels spread, Mrs. Cavanaugh realized she wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand by just making the candies alone in her farmhouse basement.

Her husband George and four children rallied to help. Eventually, in 1972, the family left their beloved cattle ranch and moved to Utah to fill demands for Mrs. Cavanaugh’s homemade sweets. Since these humble beginnings, Mrs. Cavanaugh’s has always been committed to making top-quality chocolates. Now, the second generation of chocolate makers is continuing the tradition.

“We have stuck with our commitment to never compromise—we only use the best ingredients, no preservatives and the best chocolate money can buy!” says Mrs. Cavanaugh’s daughter, Colene, going on to explain that they also made the decision early on to always close their shop doors on Sundays. “It’s more important to be closed and honor God instead of the almighty dollar,” she says.

“American products put food on people’s plate, gas in their cars and cash in their wallets … it keeps our country strong” says Michael Wall, managing director of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s. “People know the quality is better, and they are willing to pay for that quality.”


While Paul Pachmayer, otherwise known as “Paracord Paul,” may not have invented the paracord bracelet, his knots are some of the cleverest and most useful designs we’ve seen. Paul and his wife, Judi, now have a small business featured at The Marketplace featuring authentic paracord products.

Paul and Judi maintain a strong passion for their country, which they aren’t afraid to express through their business.

“We are a military family and can’t imagine, for our business, offering anything not made in America,” Judi says. “While we make all our products ourselves, we do our very best to buy American and keep our dollars with businesses who have the same ethics and love of country that we do.”

The Pachmayers make sure their customers never forget that there are still “mom and pop” shops in America that work hard to earn their customers’ trust, take pride in what they make, and treat everyone who comes their way with courtesy and respect.

“Owning a small business means being able to get up every day and do what you love and have a passion for, and at the end of the day looking yourself in the mirror and knowing you’ve done good,” Judi says.

If you haven’t gotten into the paracord craze yet, your kids probably have: It’s not just the cool look that make these bracelets popular—it’s their functionality as well.

A true American accessory, paracord bracelets are made from real parachute string. While simple in appearance, these tiny bracelets can be unraveled to great lengths, hold hundreds of pounds of weight and be used to make slings, build makeshift shelters and more. Bestsellers include the Second Amendment braceletAmerican Pride bracelet and the “In God We Trust” bracelet.


Want to learn more about the American-made shops in The Marketplace? Check out our Made in America section and learn how these small businesses are keeping the country strong.

Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.